ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words

Rw/E1.2a Use knowledge of basic sound-letter correspondence to help sound out unfamiliar words
(i) Use basic correspondence between phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters) to support decoding
(ii) Use knowledge that these sounds and letters may be different from sounds and letters in other alphabetic languages when reading

Source: Adult ESOL Core Curriculum (DfES, 2001) 

Gap-fill reading activity with food vocab for pre-Entry and Entry Level 1 ESOL. Vocab: coffee, carrots, tomatoes, spices, onions, butter. I used this in a Zoom lesson. It works well as an extra activity alongside English My Way: Shopping. (The images are all used in accordance with their Creative Commons licenses).

Editor's note
A very visual resource -ideal for absolute beginners including pre-Entry.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
Pre-entry
pre-Entry Rw/M8.1Recognise letters of the alphabet by shape, name, sound
pre-Entry Rw/M8.2 Associate sounds with patterns in letters, syllables, words,
pre-Entry Rw/M8.3 Recognise & read a growing no. of words signs symbols
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Update 24/2/22: written by Sharon Roberts and Alexandra Bates, both of Essex ACL. 
This is a fun activity which encourages ESOL learners to engage with digital technology and transacting online. It provides opportunity to explore vocabulary related to shopping while also discussing the advantages of shopping for food online. It can be adapted to all levels and can be extended for a longer activity if required.

Editor's note

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images & captions to locate information
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features & use them to locate relevant information
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
ESOL Rw/E2.2a Recognise a range of familiar words
ESOL Rw/E2.3a Use context & range of phonic / graphic knowledge to decode words
ESOL Rw/E3.1a Recognise and understand relevant specialist key words
ESOL Rw/E3.5a Use variety of reading strategies to read/understand unfamiliar words
ESOL Rt/E2.4a Obtain information from illustrations, maps, diagrams and captions
ESOL Rt/E3.3a Identify the key organisational features of instructional texts
ESOL Rt/E3.5a Locate organisational features, such as contents, index, menus
ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Using ICT
Functional Skills ICT: Finding and selecting information
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Independent living
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Here are few things on cooking verbs and recipes for E1-E2 ESOL and Entry Level 1 Functional English classes. Includes reading, spelling and saying the letters of the alphabet. Includes a recipe for pancakes but useful at any time of year.

Editor's notes

Fully mapped to the new Reformed Functional English content.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
FE E1.1 Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4b Give personal information
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

This resource will help learners recognise words related to personal information. Learners will read, match, fill in the gaps and identify the number of syllables.

Level
Entry Level 1
M8
English
Syllables
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2a
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.3b
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols

A-Z chart of pictures with the corresponding initial sound. I’ve tried to select pictures which Beginner ESOL adults will recognise.

Level
M6
M7
M8
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
Pre-entry
pre-Entry Rw/M6.1 Match familiar objects to words, signs, symbols, images
pre-Entry Rw/M7.1 Recognise most letters of the alphabet on any given occasion.
pre-Entry Rw/M8.1Recognise letters of the alphabet by shape, name, sound
pre-Entry Rw/M8.2 Associate sounds with patterns in letters, syllables, words,
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
General
Dyslexia support

The first page of this resource will help students to identify consonants and vowels, which then leads onto CVC word building and reading skills.

Pages 2 & 3 have two short texts that my students enjoyed very much. These help students practise reading and identifying the structure of CVC words. They will then be able to answer simple comprehension questions.

You may want to cut up the passages and set up a jigsaw reading activity. Can be used with lower level students.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E2.1
Wt/E1.1
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
AL Rt/E1.1 Read short familiar texts
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
Context
Animals, animal care, farming & equine

An easy word search (downwards and across only – no diagonals of backward-spelt words). Ideal for consolidating a vocabulary lesson on things to bring to class. A first lesson warmer / homework / filler.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Pre-entry
pre-Entry Rw/M8.1Recognise letters of the alphabet by shape, name, sound
pre-Entry Rw/M8.3 Recognise & read a growing no. of words signs symbols
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
Context
Education and teaching

A straightforward word matching/writing resource for Entry 1 ESOL.

Editor’s note
Also ideal for prompting discussion about local council services.

Level
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Independent living

Phonics worksheet focusing on the /i:/ sound (with an “ee” spelling) using high frequency words for low level ESOL literacy learners.

Editor’s note
Includes ‘read & spelling, spelling (in various stages) and matching words written in uppercase and lowercase.

Level
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
Ww/E1.3
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2a
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.3b
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words

Big letters reading game is a board game that provides practice reading individual letter sounds and common phonemes such as ch, sh, & th. Best laminated – you will need a die and counters.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.3
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
Pre-entry
pre-Entry Rw/M8.2 Associate sounds with patterns in letters, syllables, words,
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a Use basic sound-letter correspondence to sound out words